Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."
Annie Baker's "The Flick" won the Pulitzer for drama, a play set in a movie theater that was called a "thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters" which created "lives rarely seen on the stage."
Some books are for a quick, entertaining read. Others are the kind you want to keep around on your coffee table to share with guests or keep handy for reference from time to time. The following list contains some of both, while leaning toward titles with special interest for LGBT readers.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of popular gay mystery writer Mark Zubro’s award-winning first book — A Simple Suburban Murder. Since that time, the prolific author has written more than two dozen books, mostly in the mystery genre. This year, however, he’s expanded his repertoire to include science fiction. He describes his new novel Alien Quest as “23 years in the making” and the first in a new series.
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Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend — if only in name —to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.
Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile, also a SiriusXM host and author, is working on a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that contends homophobia remains as strong as ever despite such recent victories as the Supreme Court striking down a 1996 federal law that banned recognition of same-sex marriages.
The publisher announced that Signorile’s new book has the working title “Beyond Tolerance” and is scheduled to be published in 2015.
"Quiet Dell" (Scribner), by Jayne Anne Phillips
In the 1930s, a man who called himself Cornelius O. Pierson began to correspond with a 45-year-old widow struggling to raise three young children in suburban Chicago. She had written to a matrimonial bureau - the Depression-era version of online dating - seeking someone with whom she might find "true friendship, fidelity and matrimony."
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Tim Federle has something for readers of all ages. In his two young adult novels, Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate (both from Simon & Schuster), Federle has created one of the more endearing fictional characters in recent memory. The titular character Nate will keep you in stitches as he navigates his way from his dull, dead-end hometown to a Broadway stage and toward his first kiss. For somewhat older readers, Federle serves up Tequila Mockingbird (Running Press), which features cocktails with literary themes, such as Gin Eyre and The Last of the Mojitos.
The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
With the colorful and bold word “Perv” printed on the book cover above the photograph of a sheep, readers of Jesse Bering’s newest book might choose to peruse it on a tablet, behind a faux cover or in private.
But “Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us” is about reclaiming the word and getting past condemning what we don’t understand or find disgusting. By chapter two, “Damn Dirty Apes,” a reader might feel free to be seen reading the book on the bus ride from work or at a Colectivo Coffee shop.
The year 2013 is shaping up to be an important one when it comes to queer memoirs, with books by Barrie Jean Borich, Rigoberto González and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore at the forefront. Sycamore’s non-traditional memoir, “The End of San Francisco” (City Lights Books, 2013), flows stylistically from stream of consciousness to rant to stage dialogue.